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Summer Camp Programs


Let’s get to the point. For more than 20 years, St. Francis has offered its Summer on the Point day camp program to keep young minds and bodies active and engaged during the long summer months. This past summer, we were proud to introduce several exciting new camps, as well as host the happy return of many student favorites. From fairy fun and 3-D gaming to sports skills and wacky word play, Summer on the Point invites children to Make a Move—and discover a summer of wonder and fun! Registration opened February 5, 2018.

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If you are a current parent, please sign in to your My BackPack account and select Program Registration to register for Summer on the Point camps. If you are a new parent, please create an account.

Please be sure to check camp availability prior to registration because slots fill up fast!



Summer Camp Offerings

June 4-8, 2018

7-on-7 Football

  • 9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
  • Grades: 5-8
  • Instructor: Steve Johnson
  • Cost: $150

7-on-7 football is a low-impact, fast-paced version of the game. This is an excellent opportunity for players to work on their technique, improve understanding of St. Francis’ s offensive and defensive schemes, and have fun. Practices and tournaments will be run by Middle School football coach Steve Johnson. Teams will be led by alumni from our Wolves Varsity football team and other alumni high school players.

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Ade Youth Soccer Camp

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Grades: K-8
  • Instructor: Ade Adeniran
  • Cost: $180

Ade Adeniran, a former professional soccer player and member of Nigeria’s ’84 Olympic team, brings his crew of coaches to St. Francis for the seventh year of our developmental soccer camps. Students are broken into age-appropriate groups to work on basic skills, strategies, ball handling, and game play. Each day will include an indoor break for snacks, along with a video or chat regarding game play. Students will both work individually and scrimmage on a team during the session.

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Basketball (Session I)
Please note that this camp is only Monday through Thursday.

  • 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Grades: K-4
  • Instructors: Just Play Sports
  • Cost: $155 for Session I

Come explore the fun of basketball while learning the basics of passing, shooting, dribbling, defending, and teamwork! Through creative planning, our coaches take an exciting sport and make it more enjoyable and accessible. Lessons will be geared toward each age group, giving campers the chance to successfully develop good ball-handling technique while engaging in playful competition with friends. Older campers will be offered leadership opportunities while still progressing in their own game skills. Younger students will develop team rapport and work on basic proficiencies.

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Celebration Explorations

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Grades K-4
  • Instructors: St. Francis faculty
  • Cost: $200

Come join us as we travel around the world, exploring cultural traditions and celebrations across the globe. Every day is a party as we explore the foods, music, games, and stories of different lands and how they celebrate the holidays and milestones important in their traditions. From Asia to South America, Africa to Europe, our campers will gain a new respect for the ways in which children their own age live around the world, and how they celebrate their lives.

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Circus Science

  • 1:00–2:30 p.m.
  • Grades: K–3
  • Instructor: Kara Cooney-Galli
  • Cost: $215 (Special combo rate for Circus Science and Snow Much Fun - $375 for combined classes)

Come one, come all to the Under the Big Top Science Circus! We’ll have fun juggling, balancing, doing magic, and even walking on a tightrope. We will experiment with popcorn, make cotton-candy play dough and ice cream clowns, and more! Step right up and dream big at the Science Circus! All creations/projects go home on Friday.

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Hip-Hop and Classic Jazz Camp

  • 10:00–11:30 a.m.
  • Grades: K–1
  • Instructor: Crista Reuss
  • Cost: $150

This class begins with 45 minutes of introductory jazz technique and dance steps. Hip-hop style is based on classic jazz techniques and is a natural progression in the teaching of styles. After a short snack break, students will work on choreography for a popular piece of age-appropriate music to encourage development of their own creativity. There will be an informal demonstration on Friday.

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Kickboxing Fundamentals

  • 1:00–4:00 p.m.
  • Grades: 3–6
  • Instructor: Derrick Fields
  • Cost: $190 (includes bag gloves)

Kickboxing is a term that fits a variety of martial arts styleskarate, Muay Thai, Tae Kwon Do, Lethwei, San Shou, and Japanese kickboxing. American kickboxing typically blends several of these together, with most emphasis on the kicks and strikes from karate and Muay Thai. This fundamentals course is a fun way to exercise and teaches the basics of strikes and kicks. Students will work with pads and bags, as well as shadow box. There is no sparring or contact striking between participants in this course. Students will, instead, focus on conditioning, stretching, technique and skills competitions. The object is to have fun while learning a skill and getting more fit. Each student will receive their own pair of bag gloves.

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Mini-Stars Soccer

  • 1:00–3:00 p.m.
  • Grades: Primary I and Primary II
  • Instructors: Mini-Stars youth sports coaches
  • Cost: $195

Campers are actively engaged in individual ball skills drills, fun challenges, large motor games, and fun soccer-related activities as they engage in building large-motor skills and developing a love for the sport of soccer. This camp focuses on students’ growth as individuals, plus group listening and cooperation, rather than full team approach. This keeps the fun at an age-appropriate foundational level.

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Multimedia Ceramics and Jewelry Making
Please note that this is a TWO-WEEK course.

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. or 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
  • Grades: 5-10
  • Instructor: Amy Chandler
  • Cost: $500 for half-day sessions; $795 for full-day sessions (includes all materials for ceramics, glasswork, jewelry making, and other projects)

Students in this two-week camp will learn new techniques and explore through projects that are more intricate and in-depth than school-year classes afford. Campers will work with ceramics, learning to throw clay on a wheel and using traditional hand-sculpting techniques. Additionally, campers will work with glass, wire, beads, paint, and metal. Due to the length of some projects and the depth of instruction, students must attend both weeks. Morning-only campers will not complete all projects, but will have choices about which projects to begin.

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Pokémon: World Building Through Play

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Grades: K–2
  • Instructors: Pantea Sarvi and Derrick Fields
  • Cost: $200

One of the elements of storytelling is world building. The ability to create characters, environments, and a set of societal rules is a part of the storytelling process, and this begins through adapting pop-cultural worlds and dissecting them through play. Students will use the popular Pokémon games and movies as a jumping-off point to create their own characters through both dramatic play and art projects. Students will engage in favorite games such as capture the flag or dodgeball through the lens of becoming characters like Pikachu, Squirtle, or Charmander. Campers will adopt elements or characteristics and look at how activities are changed when using those elements. Through fun scavenger huts, craft projects, and science experiments, a created world will come to life.

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Dan L. Duncan Children’s Neurodevelopmental Clinic Reading and Math Camps

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Grades: K–4, with grades in individual sections
  • Instructors: Children's Learning Institute instructors
  • Cost: $300

The Dan L. Duncan Children’s Neurodevelopmental Clinic at Children’s Learning Institute, a part of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, is pleased to offer academic summer camps in reading and math. Camps are staffed by tutors trained in evidence-based reading methods and are supervised by University of Texas staff. The advisory panel for the clinic includes Dr. Linda Ewing-Cobbs, director; Dr. Mike Assel; Dr. Marcia Barnes; Dr. Carolyn Denton; and Dr. Daniel Williamson. All reading camps are held on St. Francis's Main Campus.

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Summer Reading Intensives
Please note this camp is FOUR WEEKS and runs from Monday, June 4, through Thursday, June 28.

  • 9:00–11:00 a.m. / 12:00–2:00 p.m.
  • Grades: K–6
  • Instructors: Children's Learning Institute instructors
  • Cost: $2250 (for four weeks)

The same one-on-one reading program that is offered after school through the St. Francis Reading Program is available during the month of June. This allows students to complete more than a semester’s worth of curriculum. All intervention programs are evidence-based and have been identified as effective approaches to reading instruction. Based on assessment results and needs, a tailored instructional plan will be implemented in the areas of phonemic awareness, phonics, word attack skills, spelling, listening and reading comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency. For more information or to schedule assessments, contact the Explore and Extend Office at 713.458.6467.

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Robotics, Electronics, and 3-D Design
Please note that this is a TWO-WEEK camp.

  • 1:00–4:00 p.m.
  • Grades: 5–9
  • Instructor: Steve Johnson
  • Cost: $500

Students in this section will be challenged to design fun projects using CAD software and construct these using electronic systems boards, systems and motors, and custom parts printed on our 3-D printer. Students will use techniques from programming, engineering, and digital design to bring ideas to life. Projects will include robotics and design elements. Students must attend both weeks.

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Snow Much Fun

  • 2:30–4:00 p.m.
  • Grades: K–3
  • Instructor: Kara Cooney-Galli
  • Cost: $215 (special combo price when taken with Circus Science—$375 for the combination)

Summer fun has never been so chilly! Join us for a week filled with frozen fun. We’ll make instasnow, marshmallow snowmen, frozen slime, and so much more. We will finish our week with a snowball fit for royalty. The cold won’t bother you when you are having Snow Much Fun! All creations and projects go home on Friday.

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Things That Go

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. / 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
  • Grades: Primary I and Primary II
  • Instructors: St. Francis faculty
  • Cost: $240 for half-day sessions; $375 for full-day sessions

From cars and trains to bicycles, airplanes, boats, and rocket ships, this week is all about things that go and the people who take them places. Students will investigate the idea of travel, plus modes of transportation and the environments in which these operate. They will conduct experiments to better understand movement, create art based on motion, and use dramatic play to enhance the concept of travel. Classic children’s stories will serve as a jumping-off point for each day’s adventures.

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Wolves’ Lacrosse Stick Skills Camp
Please note that this camp runs from Tuesday, June 5, through Thursday, June 7.

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Grades: 4–6
  • Instructor: Connor Cook
  • Cost; $200

The boys’ lacrosse program at St. Francis Episcopal School is excited to help rising fourth- through sixth-grade boys improve stick skills and learn all they can about the sport of lacrosse. Three days will be divided into stick skillbuilding sessions in passing, catching, scooping, protecting, and shooting. Using the field for a traditional setting and an indoor space for a box setting, we will teach this wonderful sport with fun, unique, dynamic methods. Boys with or without experience are encouraged to attend this camp, and campers will need to bring their own lacrosse helmet, stick, and gloves.

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Volleyball Skills Camp—June
Please note that this camp runs Monday, June 4, through Thursday, June 7.
South Campus (Crum Athletics Center)

  • Session I: Grades 2–5 / “Wolf Tails” / 8:00–10:00 a.m.
  • Session II: Grades 5–8 / “Junior Elite” / 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
  • Instructor: Coach Cydryce McMillian, St. Francis Upper School head volleyball coach
  • Cost: $170 per session (volleyball T-shirt and volleyball included in camp)

Join the St. Francis Upper School head volleyball coach in a fun-filled youth volleyball skills camp. Students will practice a variety of fundamental skills, such as passing, serving, setting, and hitting, as well as teamwork and strategy. Our week is filled with fun music, progression drills, and inter-squad scrimmages. Students are grouped by age and experience.

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Woodworking: Level I
Please also be sure to check out Level II and Advanced Woodworking camps the week of June 1115.

  • 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. / 1:00–2:30 p.m.
  • Grades: New students in K–2
  • Instructor: Linda Engelland
  • Cost: $250

Linda Engelland’s Woodworking for Young Children class is a favorite around Houston, and we are pleased to bring this session to St. Francis for summer 2018. Students practice motor skills and spatial reasoning through hands-on work with tools such as hammers, saws, planes, vises, hand drills, sandpaper, and screwdrivers. Campers will grow in confidence as they develop their own projects to bring home.

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June 11-15, 2018

7-on-7 Football

  • 9:00–11:00 a.m.
  • Grades: 5–8
  • Instructor: Steve Johnson
  • Cost: $150

7-on-7 football is a low-impact, fast-paced version of the game. This is an excellent opportunity for players to work on their technique, improve understanding of St. Francis’s offensive and defensive schemes, and have fun. Practices and tournaments will be run by Middle School football coach Steve Johnson. Teams will be led by alumni from our Wolves Varsity football team and other alumni high school players.

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Decades and Dolls

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Grades K–2
  • Instructors: St. Francis faculty
  • Cost: $200

This popular camp returns for another year, with different dolls and different adventures. Using the popular American Girls series of books as a jumping-off point, campers will travel each day to a different year and location in American history. They’ll learn about daily life in that era, and immerse themselves in the games, dances, music, food, and history of the times. Girls are allowed to both dress up and bring dolls, although this is NOT required. Focus is on historical and cultural periods.

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Gymnastics With The Tumbling Company of Houston

  • 1:00–3:00 p.m.
  • Grades: Primary I and Primary II
  • Instructors: Coach Robbie Hirst and The Tumbling Company of Houston
  • Cost: $175

Join us for a week of fun as campers cover a variety of tumbling skills in a developmentally appropriate settingvault, beam, tumbling, and bar. Campers will work at individual skill levels as they grow in ability and confidence during the week. The week will be rounded out with fun large-motor games and activities.

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Kitchen Chemistry

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. / 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
  • Grades: 1–5
  • Instructors: St. Francis faculty led by Maria Cruzalegui-Reardon
  • Cost: $225 for morning session; $375 full-day session

Welcome to a week of gloriously messy fun, where the kitchen becomes our laboratory! Cooking is its own science, comprising both chemical and physical reactions. In this camp, students will create tasty concoctions, experiment with processes and ratios, and do the math to change recipes for groups of various sizes. Within the lab, common edible items will be used to conduct experiments, discover properties of states of matter, and make very cool solutions and mixtures. Bring both your apron and your goggles for this week of gastronomic science!

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Multimedia Ceramics and Jewelry Making
Please note that this is a TWO-WEEK course beginning June 4.

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. / 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
  • Grades: 5–10
  • Instructor: Amy Chandler
  • Cost: $500 for half-day sessions; $795 for full-day sessions (includes all materials for ceramics, glasswork, jewelry making, and other projects)

Students in this two-week camp will learn new techniques and explore through projects that are more intricate and in-depth than school-year classes afford. Campers will work with ceramics, learning to throw clay on a wheel and using traditional hand-sculpting techniques. Additionally, campers will work with glass, wire, beads, paint, and metal. Due to the length of some projects and the depth of instruction, students must attend both weeks. Morning-only campers will not complete all projects, but will have choices about which projects to begin.

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Multi-Sport Camp

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Grades: K–5
  • Instructors: Just Play Sports
  • Cost: $195

Students in this session will learn the basics of a variety of sports, including basketball, volleyball, soccer, and more, all while acquiring the vital skills and discipline they need to become stronger, healthier athletes. The fundamentals of each sport will be covered, with a special emphasis on teamwork. Groups will be determined by age and experience level.

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Dan L. Duncan Children’s Neurodevelopmental Clinic Reading and Math Camps

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Grades: K–4, with grades in individual sections
  • Instructors: Children's Learning Institute instructors
  • Cost: $300

The Dan L. Duncan Children’s Neurodevelopmental Clinic at Children’s Learning Institute, a part of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, is pleased to offer academic summer camps in reading and math. Camps are staffed by tutors trained in evidence-based reading methods and are supervised by University of Texas staff. The advisory panel for the clinic includes Dr. Linda Ewing-Cobbs, director; Dr. Mike Assel; Dr. Marcia Barnes; Dr. Carolyn Denton; and Dr. Daniel Williamson. All reading camps are held on St. Francis’s Main Campus.

Register for this camp


Summer Reading Intensives
Please note this camp is FOUR WEEKS and runs from Monday, June 4, through Thursday, June 28.

  • 9:00–11:00 a.m. / 12:00–2:00 p.m.
  • Grades: K–6
  • Instructors: Children's Learning Institute instructors
  • Cost: $2250 (for four weeks)

The same one-on-one reading program that is offered after school through the St. Francis Reading Program is available during the month of June. This allows students to complete more than a semester’s worth of curriculum. All intervention programs are evidence-based and have been identified as effective approaches to reading instruction. Based on assessment results and needs, a tailored instructional plan will be implemented in the areas of phonemic awareness, phonics, word attack skills, spelling, listening and reading comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency. For more information or to schedule assessments, contact the Explore and Extend Office at 713.458.6467.

Register for this camp


Robotics, Electronics, and 3-D Design
Please note that this is a TWO-WEEK camp beginning June 4.

  • 1:00–4:00 p.m.
  • Grades: 5–9
  • Instructor: Steve Johnson
  • Cost: $500

Students in this section will be challenged to design fun projects using CAD software and construct these using electronic systems boards, systems and motors, and custom parts printed on our 3-D printer. Students will use techniques from programming, engineering, and digital design to bring ideas to life. Projects will include robotics and design elements. Students must attend both weeks.

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Chess Camp With USA Chess

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. / 1:00–4:00 p.m. / 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
  • Grades: K–8
  • Instructors: USA Chess
  • Cost: $275 for half-day session (morning or afternoon); $445 for full-day session; $485 for full-day chess/video game creation combo

USA Chess is the largest and leading chess camp organization for children in the United States, with some of the finest chess instructors in the country. Campers will experience chess instruction and play in a fun environment designed to improve their skills, whether for casual or competitive play. Tuition includes a chess set to take home, a trophy, and all snacks.

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Variety Dance Camp

  • 1:00–4:00 p.m.
  • Grades: K–5
  • Instructor: Christie Crummel
  • Cost: $200

This fun, fast-paced dance camp focuses on a different style of dance each day. Starting with ballet-based warm-ups, students will explore jazz, hip-hop, pom-pom, and novelty dance to fun, age-appropriate music. Campers will be divided by age group and learn dance basics in dance-team style, plus craft routines to share. Students will also enjoy fun games, dance-related activities, snacks, and the satisfaction of preparing for and giving a performance. On the last day of each session, parents and friends will be invited to come watch campers’ routines.

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Video Game Creation—Arcade Style (Similar to PAC-MAN and Asteroids)
Introductory to Intermediate

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. / 1:00–4:00 p.m.
  • Grades: 4–10
  • Instructors: Active Learning coaches
  • Cost: $315 for half-day session (morning or afternoon); $510 for full-day session; $485 for full-day video game creation/chess combo

The Arcade course is a program where the game that is created has action for each level all on one screen, similar to Centipede, Asteroids, or PAC-MAN. The children create a main character, which can be anything their imagination can conceive. Other charactersor enemiespursue the main character, who dodges their attacks. The characters score points for picking up objects and destroying other objects. Options are endless and children create level after level of fun. As with all game-creation options, this camp encourages creativity, storytelling, programming, and problem-solving.

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Video Game CreationGo Kart Style (Like Mario Kart)

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. / 1:00–4:00 p.m.
  • Grades: 4–10
  • Instructors: Active Learning coaches
  • Cost: $315 for half-day session (morning or afternoon); $510 for full-day session; $485 for full-day video game creation/chess combo

Children will create something similar to a Mario Kartstyle game. Campers begin by designing their own world. Worlds can have mountains, valleys, lakes, etc., or they can be a design unlike anything seen before. Characters are placed within this world and programmed to move, interact with other characters, and even talk using scripts written by the campers. Characters can be programmed to pick up objects, engage with opponents, and overcome villains. Children use creativity to build a world full of race-based tasks. Whether they are collecting diamonds before the clock runs out, navigating through a challenging obstacle course, or racing against a friend, it’s all good fun!

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Video Game CreationModding, Networking, and Hosting With Minecraft

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. / 1:00–4:00 p.m.
  • Grades: 4–10
  • Instructors: Active Learning coaches
  • Cost: $315 for half-day session (morning or afternoon); $510 for full-day session; $485 for full-day video game creation/chess combo

Minecraft is hugely popular because it is collaborative, open-ended, and moddable. Our program promotes those qualities for a week of fun!. The week begins with learning the game, controls, and recipes, plus a bit about hosting and networking. Next, campers connect to different worlds hosted on a secure server and experiment with character skins, mods, and custom maps. By day three, the students are building in the Active Learning world that grows over time. Whether adding a room, building a moat, or even creating a chessboard, the possibilities are nearly limitless. As with all our game creations, this camp encourages creativity, storytelling, programming, and problem-solving.

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A Week With Mo Willems

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. / 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
  • Grades: Primary I and Primary II
  • Instructors: St. Francis faculty
  • Cost: $240 for half-day sessions; $375 for full-day sessions

From pigeons to elephants and ducklings to cats, the world of Mo Willems is populated with loveable animals out for discovery in the world. In this week, students will have adventures based on the beloved characters and familiar stories made popular in Willems’s books. Students will explore through dramatic play, cooking projects, art, and large-motor games.

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Wolf Ninja Warriors

  • 1:00–4:00 p.m.
  • Grades: 3–6
  • Instructors: Jeremy Cain and Spencer Duran
  • Cost: $275 (includes field-trip fees)

Children have been fascinated with the televised airing of American Ninja Warrior and the endeavors of the athletes competing. This style of movement takes conditioning, agility, balance, and a strong sense of confidence. In this fun campwhich is back by popular demand for a third yearstudents will work on gaining skills in balance, movement, coordination, cooperation, and strength through a week of fun challenges and exercises. Students will take field trips to nearby parks and rock-climbing facilities to challenge bodies and practice problem-solving.

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Woodworking: Level II

  • 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Grades: Returning woodworkers in K–2 and new students in 3–4
  • Instructor: Linda Engelland
  • Cost: $250

Linda Engelland’s Woodworking for Young Children class is a favorite around Houston, and we are pleased to bring this session to St. Francis for summer 2018. Students practice motor skills and spatial reasoning through hands-on work with tools such as hammers, saws, planes, vises, hand drills, sandpaper, and screwdrivers. Campers will grow in confidence as they develop their own projects to bring home.

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Woodworking: Advanced

  • 1:00–2:30 p.m.
  • Grades: Advanced students in 2–5 (instructor permission required)
  • Instructor: Linda Engelland
  • Cost: $250 per session

Linda Engelland’s Woodworking for Young Children class is a favorite around Houston, and we are pleased to bring this session to St. Francis for summer 2018. Students practice motor skills and spatial reasoning through hands-on work with tools such as hammers, saws, planes, vises, hand drills, sandpaper, and screwdrivers. Campers will grow in confidence as they develop their own projects to bring home.

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June 18-22, 2018

Ahoy There, Matey!

  • 1:00–4:00 p.m.
  • Grades: K–2
  • Instructor: Monica Masini
  • Cost: $200

Ahoy, boys and girls, it’s time to hoist the sails and prepare for some pirate fun! Come join your fellow buccaneers as we hunt for buried treasure, make ships that float, read stories, use maps, act, sing, and much more. This camp will be filled with hands-on activities and lessons as we explore the high seas together!

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Basketball (Session II)

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Grades: K–4
  • Instructors: Just Play Sports
  • Cost: $195 for Session II

Come explore the fun of basketball while learning the basics of passing, shooting, dribbling, defending, and teamwork! Through creative planning, our coaches take an exciting sport and make it even more enjoyable and accessible. Lessons will be geared toward each age group, giving campers the chance to successfully develop good ball-handling technique while engaging in playful competition with friends. Older campers will be offered leadership opportunities while still progressing in their own game skills. Younger students will develop team rapport and work on basic proficiencies.

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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. / 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
  • Grades: Primary I and Primary II
  • Instructors: St. Francis faculty
  • Cost: $240 for half-day sessions; $375 for full-day sessions

Come join us for a week of adventure with the letters of the alphabet as they all climb up the coconut tree! Students this week will look at letters through the lens of an adventure as they create alphabet cookies, try their hand at balancing structures going up their own “coconut trees”, and discuss empathy in the context of the letters that are consoled and bandaged after falling down. This favorite story will come to life through dramatic play, songs, and large-motor games.

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Dodgeball Challenge

  • 1:00–4:00 p.m.
  • Grades: 1–5
  • Instructors: Master Bruce Alamdari and Olympia Tae Kwon Do staff
  • Cost: $180

Playing dodgeball fosters agility, quick thinking, and explosive movementall skills that benefit students in the practice of Tae Kwon Do. Using plyometric warm-up exercises, fun drills, full-body movements, ball-handling skills, and thoughtful strategy, campers will follow Master Bruce through a variety of dodgeball challenges. Along the way, they’ll develop teamwork skills as they plan, agree upon rules, choose teams, and compete in “King of the Gym” tournaments.

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Express Yourself! Art Camp for Elementary Ages

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Grades: K–3
  • Instructor: Casey Casteel
  • Cost: $225 (includes all supplies)

This camp encourages students to be creative with their art and focus on expression and exploration. Campers will paint, use clay, draw, and more with a focus on making unique and fun art. Students will learn to express their own views while learning techniques and studying the work of other artists as inspiration.

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Fashion Time Machine

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Grades: 1–4
  • Instructors: Maria Cruzalegui-Reardon and Pantea Sarvi
  • Cost: $250 (includes all materials)

Jump into our magical time machine and explore the world of fashion—from bygone eras to the future. Each day, students will learn about the styles of a particular decade and the cultural phenomena that drove such fads. Learn where and why high heels came into fashion and discuss styles of dress in practical terms and in relation to the historical figures of the time. Each day, campers will design their own creations and bring home accessories they have designed and created themselves, along with fashion layouts and designs. Campers may bring dolls to use as models for fabric creations!

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Fun With Fairy Tales

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Grades: K–2
  • Instructor: Monica Masini
  • Cost: $200

Classic fairy tales have enriched our lives and sparked imaginations for generations. Using familiar stories as a guide, young knights and princesses will journey through enchanted activities involving art, music, and free play. Along the way, they’ll build skills in literary concepts such as sequencing, predictions, fluency, and comprehension. Come join the magical adventure!

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Geometrical Designs

  • 1:00–4:00 p.m.
  • Grades: 3–5
  • Instructor: Amanda Heidemann
  • Cost: $200

Using foundations of geometry, students will create designs in architecture and interior design. They will measure perimeter and area, determine floor space, and design traffic flow through an interior. Students will use elements of art, design, math, and science to create living and work spaces. Imagination, creative problem-solving, and confidence in their own skills will develop as students work individually and in small groups throughout the week. Fun, hands-on projects will bring their ideas to life.

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Howlers Spirit / Cheer Camp

  • 1:00–4:00 p.m.
  • Grades: K–5
  • Instructors: Christie Crummel and the Howlers (our eighth-grade cheer team)
  • Cost: $200

Join the Howlers for a week of cheers, jumps, dance routines, and fun. The St. Francis Howler’s cheerleaders will lead campers through this energy-packed camp that emphasizes the basics of cheer while promoting teamwork and leadership. We will work on St. Francis cheers and fight song motions, simple “spirit dance” routines, and foundational skills. Campers will also enjoy fun team-building games and spirit-related activities with the Howlers. The week will culminate in a performance for family and friends!

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Kitchen Chemistry for Beginners

  • 1:00–2:30 p.m.
  • Grade: Primary II
  • Instructor: Kara Cooney-Galli
  • Cost: $220

Dive into the science of food as we focus on mixing and combining ingredients. Students will mix, measure, and experiment using simple kitchen tools and ingredients. Matter, states, liquids, solids, and super-saturation will be explored. Scientists and chefs alike will emerge as we learn what happens when combining wet and dry ingredients and the chemistry behind cooking. Creations in this camp may be consumed as snacks, or may come home at the end of each day.

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Lego Robotics

  • 9:00–11:00 a.m.
  • Grades: 2–5
  • Instructor: Steve Johnson
  • Cost: $250

Campers will learn the elements of design, construction, systems, and motors as they work in small groups to solve challenges and build their designs into functioning robots that can address specific problems. Campers will use higher-level thinking to problem-solve, work cooperatively, and create unique designs of their own.

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Ozo-What? Ozobot Adventures

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Grades: 4–9
  • Instructor: Kimberly Dunn
  • Cost: $250

An Ozobot is a tiny robot, often referred to as the tiniest robot. With your help, it can blend physical and digital worlds. Campers will learn basic to advanced programming to control their Ozobot and, after learning to program and calibrate the bots, will compete in challenges and competitions. There will be a culminating presentation for family and friends where parents will be taught by their children how to program their own Ozobot!

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Pre-Ballet and Creative Dance Camp

  • 9:00–10:30 a.m.
  • Grade: Primary II
  • Instructor: Crista Reuss
  • Cost: $150

Young dancers are immersed for this week in a world of dance that explores solid ballet foundational techniques and their correct French terminology, all with the goal of joy of movement. Students will practice the art of storytelling through movement as they explore the world of dance. During the second half of each class, students will hear a bit of dance history told through an age-appropriate story. On Friday, there will be a short choreography demonstration for parents.

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Dan L. Duncan Children’s Neurodevelopmental Clinic Reading and Math Camps

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Grades: K–4, with grades in individual sections
  • Instructors: Children's Learning Institute instructors
  • Cost; $300

The Dan L. Duncan Children’s Neurodevelopmental Clinic at Children’s Learning Institute, a part of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, is pleased to offer academic summer camps in reading and math. Camps are staffed by tutors trained in evidence-based reading methods and are supervised by University of Texas staff. The advisory panel for the clinic includes Dr. Linda Ewing-Cobbs, director; Dr. Mike Assel; Dr. Marcia Barnes; Dr. Carolyn Denton; and Dr. Daniel Williamson. All reading camps are held on St. Francis’s Main Campus.

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Summer Reading Intensives
Please note this camp is FOUR WEEKS and runs from Monday, June 4, through Thursday, June 28.

  • 9:00–11:00 a.m. / 12:00–2:00 p.m.
  • Grades: K–6
  • Instructors: Children's Learning Institute instructors
  • Cost; $2250 (for four weeks)

The same one-on-one reading program that is offered after school through the St. Francis Reading Program is available during the month of June. This allows students to complete more than a semester’s worth of curriculum. All intervention programs are evidence-based and have been identified as effective approaches to reading instruction. Based on assessment results and needs, a tailored instructional plan will be implemented in the areas of phonemic awareness, phonics, word attack skills, spelling, listening and reading comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency. For more information or to schedule assessments, contact the Explore and Extend Office at 713.458.6467.

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When Manners Matter

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Grades: 2–5
  • Instructor: Amanda Heidemann
  • Cost: $200

While the formal etiquette of our grandparents’ era has become more relaxed, good manners never go out of style! The best way to learn and practice manners is through hands-on, fun situations and role-playing. Join us for five days of fun, where we practice our best social skills in real-life settings. Students will go to the movies and practice the manners needed to buy and sell tickets and concessions, as well as to be good audience members. We’ll have a meal in the St. Francis Café, where campers will take turns being the chefs, waiters, and customers. They'll practice good manners with one anotherpolite conversation with phones put away, and how to properly accept or decline offers. Our week will culminate with a party. Campers will take turns being the birthday boy or girl and explore related etiquettehosting and attending a party, opening gifts, writing thank-you notes, and choosing food from a party buffet. The best feedback often comes from peers, as students compare ideas on what makes them feel comfortable in social settings.

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June 25-29, 2018

All About the Arts

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Grades: Primary I and Primary II
  • Instructors: Casey Casteel and Creative Connections teachers
  • Cost: $225

Join us as we explore an array of arts in one camp! Students will make discoveries and express themselves through painting, sculpting, dancing, playing, singing, and actingall centered around engaging, literature-based themes. These fun, interactive, process-based activities will be a feast for the senses!

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Amazing RaceWorld Bakery Challenge!

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Grades: 1–5
  • Instructor: Maria Cruzaelgui-Reardon
  • Cost: $225

Join a team, choose your path, and GO! We are off on a great adventure, with surprising challenges ahead as we race around the globe from culture to culture, exploring one of the things that makes us all the samebaked goods. Transformed by fire, raw ingredients take on the flavor and shapes of the varied traditions of their countries. From flat breads of the Middle East and Africa, to the elaborate pastries of Europe, to the simple tortillas and tortas of Latin American countries, we all sit down to break bread together. Campers will bake breads, cakes, pastries, and cookies. From high tea to family meals, we are all brought together by food. Put on your hiking shoes, and be ready to follow the clues!

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Basketball for Middle School

  • 1:00–3:00 p.m.
  • Grades: 5–8
  • Instructor: Leveil Lander
  • Cost: $195

Middle School basketball coach Leveil Lander leads this fun week of drills and skills aimed at improving students’ game on the court. Students will work toward creating fluidity in movement and solidifying basic basketball skills, all while participating in fun challenges and staying in shape during the off-season for this sport.

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Gears and Gadgets

  • 1:00–2:30 p.m.
  • Grades: K–3
  • Instructor: Kara Cooney-Galli
  • Cost: $215 (special price when combined with Short Circuits—$375 for the combo)

Gears that spin, gadgets that twirl ... don’t machines make a wonderful world? Become a builder, engineer, and maker by using simple machines to develop and design myriad technical applications. Make your own artist robot that can jiggle and jive. Collaborate and challenge your fellow classmates to build and manipulate marvelous mechanisms. All creations and projects go home on Friday.

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Hip-Hop and Classic Jazz Camp

  • 12:00–1:30 p.m.
  • Grades: K–1
  • Instructor: Crista Reuss
  • Cost: $150

This class begins with 45 minutes of introductory jazz technique and dance steps. Hip-hop style is based on classic jazz techniques and is a natural progression in the teaching of styles. After a short snack break, students will work on choreography for a popular piece of age-appropriate music to encourage development of their own creativity. There will be an informal demonstration on Friday.

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Mini-Stars All Sports

  • 1:00–3:00 p.m.
  • Grades: Primary I and Primary II
  • Instructors: Mini-Stars youth sports coaches
  • Cost: $195

Campers in these sessions are encouraged to explore large-motor development through various sports and challenges. Students will engage in play with a variety of ball and cooperative games, such as soccer, kickball, T-ball, and more. Traditional large-motor games will be played, and students will be encouraged to become more aware of their own body movements and spatial environment. Listening and cooperative skills will be emphasized in a fun environment.

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Mis Amigos (Session I)

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. / 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
  • Grades: Primary II
  • Instructors: Senora Claudia Schoelman and St. Francis faculty
  • Cost: $240 for half-day sessions; $375 for full-day sessions

Join our beloved Primary School Spanish teacher on an international adventure. In this session, students will be immersed in Spanish language and culture through literature, music, movement, and art. As they cook traditional Latin recipes, campers will practice following directions in Spanish. Repetition through story, song, and rhyme will reinforce school-year learning and engage Spanish beginners as well as those who are already comfortable with the language. Each day will be an adventure!

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Multi-Sport Camp

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Grades: K–4
  • Instructors: Just Play Sports
  • Cost: $195

Students in this session will learn the basics of a variety of sports, including basketball, volleyball, soccer, and more, all while acquiring the vital skills and discipline they need to become stronger, healthier athletes. The fundamentals of each sport will be covered, with a special emphasis on teamwork. Groups will be determined by age and experience level.

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Dan L. Duncan Children’s Neurodevelopmental Clinic Reading and Math Camps

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Grades: K–4, with grades in individual sections
  • Instructors: Children's Learning Institute instructors
  • Cost: $300

The Dan L. Duncan Children’s Neurodevelopmental Clinic at Children’s Learning Institute, a part of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, is pleased to offer academic summer camps in reading and math. Camps are staffed by tutors trained in evidence-based reading methods and are supervised by University of Texas staff. The advisory panel for the clinic includes Dr. Linda Ewing-Cobbs, director; Dr. Mike Assel; Dr. Marcia Barnes; Dr. Carolyn Denton; and Dr. Daniel Williamson. All reading camps are held on St. Francis’s Main Campus.

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Summer Reading Intensives
Please note this camp is FOUR WEEKS and runs from Monday, June 4, through Thursday, June 28.

  • 9:00–11:00 a.m. / 12:00–2:00 p.m.
  • Grades: K–6
  • Instructors: Children's Learning Institute instructors
  • Cost; $2250 (for four weeks)

The same one-on-one reading program that is offered after school through the St. Francis Reading Program is available during the month of June. This allows students to complete more than a semester’s worth of curriculum. All intervention programs are evidence-based and have been identified as effective approaches to reading instruction. Based on assessment results and needs, a tailored instructional plan will be implemented in the areas of phonemic awareness, phonics, word attack skills, spelling, listening and reading comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency. For more information or to schedule assessments, contact the Explore and Extend Office at 713.458.6467.

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Short Circuits

  • 2:30–4:00 p.m.
  • Grades: K–3
  • Instructor: Kara Cooney-Galli
  • Cost: $215 (Special price when combined with Gears and Gadgets—$375 for the combo)

Attention all mini-makers! Bring the element of fun to creation and even demolition in our newest engineering and technology camp. Brighten your day while working with circuits. Play games and work with classmates to design, build, and disassemble. Learning the basics of motors, simple machines, and programming can be an electrifying experience! All creations and projects go home on Friday.

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Table-Top & Role-Play Games

  • 1:00–4:00 p.m.
  • Grades: 4–9
  • Instructor: Derrick Fields
  • Cost: $175

In the last several years, role-play and table-top games such as the popular Dungeons and Dragons have enjoyed a resurgence of interest from both children and adults. Leaving behind high-tech games, these games involve cooperation, strategy, communication, world-building, and imagination. Players immerse themselves in a world they create as the story develops, and characters are imagined and come to life through storytelling. Campers will draw out their own characters, create and paint models, draw out worlds, write their storylines, and calculate probability as they roll the dice. World-building and character development in this fun setting allow for creative growth that can later be channeled into writing and other creative pursuits. The possibilities are endless. All games played are rated for 9+; no Teen-rated games will be played in this camp.

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Tae Kwon Do Fun Camp

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Grades: Primary I and Primary II
  • Instructors: Master Bruce Alamdari and his coaches from Olympia Tae Kwon Do
  • Cost: $195

Master Bruce’s school year Tae Kwon Do classes are favorites each semesters, with a generation of students having learned the art from him, as well as lessons on discipline, perseverance, and respect in a fun environment. These sessions of summer camp are designed to both introduce the art to new students and continue to develop returning students, with skills taught the first half of the morning in a cyclical fashion. The second part of the morning is devoted to games and activities that will continue to develop large-motor skills, listening skills, cooperation, and self-discipline. There will be fun games and crafts, as well as a special snack on Friday. No uniforms are required for the TKD camps.

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Chess Camp With USA Chess

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. / 1:00–4:00 p.m. / 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
  • Grades: K–8
  • Instructors: USA Chess
  • Cost: $275 for half-day session (morning or afternoon); $445 for full-day session; $485 for full-day chess/video game creation combo

USA Chess is the largest and leading chess camp organization for children in the United States, with some of the finest chess instructors in the country. Campers will experience chess instruction and play in a fun environment designed to improve their skills, whether for casual or competitive play. Tuition includes a chess set to take home, a trophy, and all snacks.

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Kodu Video Game CreationAdventure Style

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. / 1:00–4:00 p.m.
  • Grades: 3–10
  • Instructors: Active Learning coaches
  • Cost: $315 for half-day session (morning or afternoon); $510 for full-day session; $485 for full-day video game creation/chess combo

Campers have the option of learning to program with a Microsoft Xbox controller, or without. Those choosing to use the controller will need to provide their own. Students will create their own custom world and learn to navigate within it, creating tasks that must be completed before progressing to the next level. Tasks might include escaping a maze, outwitting rivals, creating decoys, or collecting items.

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Video Game CreationModding, Networking, and Hosting With Minecraft

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. / 1:00–4:00 p.m.
  • Grades: 4–10
  • Instructors: Active Learning coaches
  • Cost: $315 for half-day session (morning or afternoon); $510 for full-day session; $485 for full-day video game creation/chess combo

Minecraft is hugely popular because it is collaborative, open-ended, and moddable. Our program promotes those qualities for a week of fun! The week begins with learning the game, controls and recipes, plus a bit about hosting and networking. Next, campers connect to different worlds hosted on a secure server and experiment with character skins, mods, and custom maps. By day three, the students are building in the Active Learning world that grows over time. Whether adding a room, building a moat, or even creating a chessboard, the possibilities are nearly limitless. As with all our game creations, this camp encourages creativity, storytelling, programming, and problem-solving.

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Video Game CreationPlatform Style (Like Sonic or Mario)

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. / 1:00–4:00 p.m.
  • Grades: 3–10
  • Instructors: Active Learning coaches
  • Cost: $315 for half-day session (morning or afternoon); $510 for full-day session; $485 for full-day video game creation/chess combo

In this camp, children build a game described as a “platform” game, like found in Sonic the Hedgehog or Mario Bros. games. Children have a blast as their characters overcome obstacles and opponents and then conquer the Big Boss (of their creation). The character progresses on a long path or journey with the background scrolling behind. Adversaries, prizes, and obstacles are encountered along the way. Lessons on basics will be similar to Arcade style, but then the world building diverges and different techniques are taught.

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July 16-20, 2018

Board Game Bonanza

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Grades: K–8 (Groups will be created based on ages enrolled for equal-skill-level play)
  • Instructors: St. Francis faculty
  • Cost: $100

Long a staple of family fun and friends’ gatherings, board games have continued to grow and evolve over the years. Still, they all have a few things in common: Players must agree on set rules and consistently follow them; there is a definite beginning and end; and there is almost always a winner and several who do not win. Strategy, luck, and persistence may determine the outcome, and the outcome may change from game to game. Students learn perseverance, cooperation, communication, and follow-through while playing board games. Reading, math, and spatial skills are enhanced through experiential play. Groups will be created based on enrollment to keep students with similar ages and skill levels together.

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Critical Thinking Boot Camp for Children

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Grades: Primary II–Grade 2
  • Instructor: Kara Cooney-Galli
  • Cost: $325

This academic enrichment program helps students advance their thinking and listening skills through hands-on play, natural curiosity, and abstract questioning. Campers will build their abilities and confidence through games, custom puzzles, and fun activities. Exercises in pattern decoding, math reasoning, reading, literacy, cognitive processing, spatial perception, memory, concentration, analogy-solving skills, and logical thinking will aid students as they progress into higher-level, multistep processing.

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Drone Zone

  • 2:30–4:00 p.m.
  • Grades: 3–5
  • Instructor: Kara Cooney-Galli
  • Cost: $275 (special combination price available when selected with Rookie Solar Racer—combo price $495)

Let your imagination fly from the classroom into the sky. Learn about the progression of flight while you design, build, and test your drone. Can you make it fly? Will it balance? Go wireless and take your creation home with you at the end of the week! All creations and projects go home on Friday.

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Painting: The World of van Gogh

  • 1:00–4:00 p.m.
  • Grades: K–3
  • Instructor: Viruchy Delgado-Giambi
  • Cost: $350

The works of Vincent van Gogh are some of the most widely recognized, beloved paintings in history. In this camp led by Viruchy Delgado-Giambi of The Art House, students will use van Gogh’s immortal example as inspiration to create their own masterpieces, while learning basic techniques of acrylic painting.

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Pre-Ballet and Creative Dance Camp

  • 9:00–10:30 a.m.
  • Grade: Primary II
  • Instructor: Crista Reuss
  • Cost: $150

Young dancers are immersed for this week in a world of dance that explores solid ballet foundational techniques and their correct French terminology, all with the goal of joy of movement. Students will practice the art of storytelling through movement as they explore the world of dance. During the second half of each class, students will hear a bit of dance history told through an age-appropriate story. On Friday, there will be a short choreography demonstration for parents.

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Rookie Solar Racer

  • 1:00–2:30 p.m.
  • Grades: 2–5
  • Instructor: Kara Cooney-Galli
  • Cost: $255 (Special combination price when selected with Drone Zone—combo price $495)

Ready, Set, BUILD! In this class, campers will get their hands dirty for clean energy. Students will be engaged in various solar energy activities that help them understand the concepts of solar energy, including solar s’mores and solar printmaking. They can stimulate their creativity by building epic Rookie Solar Racers and testing a solar robot. Let’s harness the power of the sun and make things go! All creations and projects go home on Friday.

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Sport-Stravaganza!

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Grades: K–4
  • Instructors: Jeremy Cain and Spencer Duran
  • Cost: $200

Campers in this fast-paced session will move through a variety of sports, games, physical challenges, and obstacles. Working in teams formed according to age and ability, students will practice following rule sets, strategizing, persevering, and encouraging teammates. Activities may include kickball, dodgeball, softball, obstacle races, flag football, soccer, volleyball, table tennis, and others, as well as conditioning and daily challenges. Don’t miss out on the fun!

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Variety Dance Camp

  • 1:00–4:00 p.m.
  • Grades: K–5
  • Instructor: Christie Crummel
  • Cost: $200

This fun, fast-paced dance camp focuses on a different style of dance each day. Starting with ballet-based warm-ups, students will explore jazz, hip-hop, pom-pom, and novelty dance to fun, age-appropriate music. Campers will be divided by age group and learn dance basics in dance-team style, crafting routines to share. Students will also enjoy fun games, dance-related activities, snacks, and the satisfaction of preparing for and giving a performance. On the last day of each session, parents and friends will be invited to come watch campers’ routines.

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July 23-27, 2018

All About the Arts

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Grades: Primary I and Primary II
  • Instructors: Casey Casteel and Creative Connections teachers
  • Cost: $225

Join us as we explore an array of arts in one camp! Students will make discoveries and express themselves through painting, sculpting, dancing, playing, singing, and actingall centered around engaging literature-based themes. These fun, interactive, process-based activities will be a feast for the senses!

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Board Game Bonanza

  • 1:00–4:00 p.m.
  • Grades: K–8 (groups will be created based on ages enrolled for equal-skill-level play)
  • Instructors: St. Francis faculty
  • Cost: $100

Long a staple of family fun and friends’ gatherings, board games have continued to grow and evolve over the years. Still, they all have a few things in common: Players must agree on set rules and consistently follow them; there is a definite beginning and end; and there is almost always a winner and several who do not win. Strategy, luck, and persistence may determine the outcome, and the outcome may change from game to game. Students learn perseverance, cooperation, communication, and follow-through while playing board games. Reading, math, and spatial skills are enhanced through experiential play. Groups will be created based on enrollment to keep students with similar ages and skill levels together.

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Foundations of Algebra

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Grades: 8–9
  • Instructors: St. Francis faculty
  • Cost: $275

Before moving forward into higher math, students need to have strong foundational skills in algebraic thinking and operations. These sessions are designed to review the basic principles of algebra as well as to address the areas that most often need extra practice. Students will work with equations and graphing, review operations of integers, explore exponents, and more within a small-group setting.

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Graphite and Charcoal Drawing

  • 1:00–4:00 p.m.
  • Grades: 4–10
  • Instructor: Viruchy Delgado-Giambi
  • Cost: $350

Developing drawing skills helps students understand form and composition and is essential to the advancement of artistic expression. In this camp, young artists will be guided through the use of basic techniques such as shading, line relationship, and contour drawing. They will also gain understanding of concepts necessary to the medium, such as light direction, proportion, depth, and perspective.

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Gymnastics With The Tumbling Company of Houston

  • 1:00–3:00 p.m.
  • Grades: Primary I and Primary II
  • Instructors: Coach Robbie Hirst and The Tumbling Company of Houston
  • Cost: $175

Join us for a week of fun as campers cover a variety of tumbling skills in a developmentally appropriate settingvault, beam, tumbling, and bar. Campers will work at individual skill levels as they grow in ability and confidence during the week. The week will be rounded out with fun large-motor games and activities.

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Jump Into Kindergarten

  • Instructors: St. Francis Lower School faculty
  • Cost: $275/session

Week 1: “All About Me”
July 23–27
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Week 2: “Interesting Insects”
July 30–August 3
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

During these weeks, children entering St. Francis's kindergarten program will get to know some of the faces and places they will see during the school year. They will practice listening, fine-motor skills, math, writing, and group cooperation to prepare them for the coming year. Using a weekly theme as a focus, students will engage in group learning activities, individual explorations, art, and Spanish. Learning will occur in both large- and small-group settings. A snack is provided daily.

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Jump Into First Grade

  • Instructors: St. Francis Lower School faculty
  • Cost: $275/session

Week 1: “Creature Feature”
July 23–27
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Week 2: “Under the Sea”
July 30–August 3
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

These sessions are for students entering the first grade in fall 2018 as new or returning students, who need to solidify skills before beginning the academic year or who need time to return to a school routine. Students will develop successful listening and writing skills, practice reading strategies, and work on group-learning dynamics, math concepts, and cooperation within large and small groups. Through weekly themes, students will engage in art, Spanish, centers, and individual explorations. A snack is provided daily.

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Jump Into Second Grade

  • Instructors: St. Francis Lower School faculty
  • Cost: $275/session

Week 1: “Earth Exploration”
July 23–27
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Week 2: “Beyond Our Walls”
July 30–August 3
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

New or returning second graders can attend one or both of these weeks to help them prepare for a successful start to the 201819 school year. Using a weekly theme as a starting point, students will work on mental math, problem-solving, writing mechanics, reading fluency and comprehension, group-learning dynamics, and listening skills. Additional daily activities will include art, Spanish, centers, and individual explorations. A snack is provided daily.

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Jump Into Third Grade

  • Instructors: St. Francis Lower School faculty
  • Cost: $275/session

Week 1: Language Arts Focus
July 23–27
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

During the first week of Jump Into Third Grade, students will focus on writing mechanics, reading comprehension strategies, and expression of ideas in both verbal and written form. They will also practice clearly communicating stories, ideas, and questions. Other activities will include storytelling, cooking, art projects, and exercises at the SMART Board. A snack is provided daily.

Week 2: Math and Science Focus
July 30–August 3
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

During the second week of Jump Into Third Grade, students will work on cementing skills in operations, number stories, math facts, arrays, and groups. They will tackle strategies for problem-solving, the scientific method, and documenting observations, all using our Bridges math program as a foundation. Other activities may include group missions, games to enhance problem-solving strategies, and special projects. A snack is provided daily.

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Jump Into Fourth Grade

  • Instructors: St. Francis Lower School faculty
  • Cost: $275/session

Week 1: Language Arts Focus
July 23–27
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

During the first week of Jump Into Fourth Grade, students will focus on strengthening their writing mechanics, reading comprehension, and expression of ideas in both written and verbal form. Students will develop vocabulary, spelling strategies, and reading responses, as well as practice communication through story structure. Other activities may include storytelling, creative writing, and special literature-inspired activities such as cooking or art. A snack is provided daily.

Week 2: Math and Science Focus
July 30–August 3
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

During the second week of Jump Into Fourth Grade, children will work to solidify skills in operations, math facts, problem-solving, measurement, the scientific method, and documenting observations, all using our Bridges math program as a foundation. Activities will include hands-on experiments, games to enhance problem-solving strategies, using measurements to cook, and special projects. A snack is provided daily.

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Jump Into Middle School Math: Fractions, Decimals, and Division

  • 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
  • Grades: 7–8
  • Instructors: St. Francis Middle School faculty
  • Cost: $175

Before students begin algebraic processes, they need to truly understand and be comfortable working with fractions and decimalsand comprehend what they represent. Students will also work with division, as fractions also suggest the operation of division. Mastery of these skills is key before entering pre-algebra. This course allows for focused, in-depth practice in these skills.

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Jump Into Middle School Foreign Language: Spanish

  • 9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
  • Grades: 5–7
  • Instructors: St. Francis Middle School faculty
  • Cost: $175

Whether students are new to Spanish or building on previous learning, this course will help them gain practice in written and oral use of the language through hands-on activities, pencil-and-paper exercises, role play, cooking projects, and mucho conversation.

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Jump Into Middle School Technology: Keyboarding

  • 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Grades: 5–9
  • Instructors: St. Francis Middle School faculty
  • Cost: $175

Keyboards and computers are a part of our everyday life. More efficient keyboarding and touch typingand understanding of basic word processing and presentation softwareare essential tools for students in middle and upper school. Students in these sessions will develop basic strategies for touch typing and improvement of speed and accuracy. They will review document creation and editing, and specific tools and applications used in the upper grades at St. Francis.

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Jump Into Middle School Writing: Writing for Grades 56

  • 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Grades: 5–6
  • Instructors: St. Francis Middle School faculty
  • Cost: $175

Students entering grades 5 and 6 will review processes from the Lower School curriculum for brainstorming, outlining, writing, editing, and producing final drafts. Focus is on writing essays. Grammar and punctuation will be reviewed as needed.

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Jump Into Middle School Writing: Writing for Grades 78

  • 9:00–10:30 a.m.
  • Grades: 7–8
  • Instructors: St. Francis Middle School faculty
  • Cost: $175

Students entering seventh and eighth grades will review the format for five-paragraph essays and focus on writing for information and to support a main idea. Emphasis will be placed on use and placement of the thesis statement, using citations, and documenting sources correctly. Research processes will be reviewed. Grammar and punctuation are addressed as needed.

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Jump Into Primary School

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Grades: Primary I and Primary II
  • Instructors: St. Francis Primary School faculty
  • Cost: $275

It’s time to Jump Into Primary School for the 201819 school year! This program is perfect for new students, returning students moving to a new grade, or those who want to reacquaint themselves with school routines after a busy summer. Children will spend time getting to know some of the Primary School faculty, orienting themselves to classroom environments and buildings they will use in the fall, and working on basics such as fine-motor, listening, and social skills. Students will engage in story time, class discussions, Spanish, small- and large-group cooperation, games, art, cooking, outdoor recreation, and centers play. All groups are led by St. Francis Primary School Faculty. A snack is provided daily.

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LEGO Builders for Beginners

  • 1:00–2:30 p.m.
  • Grade: Primary II
  • Instructor: Kara Cooney-Galli
  • Cost: $200

Here’s your camper’s opportunity to get creative juices flowing using LEGO bricks. We will create cars, houses, animals, trains, and other items, adding components to make them move. Through play, we are exploring problem-solving, sharing, listening to others in our group, and construction skills. All creations and projects go home on Friday!

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Mad ScientistPrinciples of Science

  • 1:00–4:00 p.m.
  • Grades: 7–9
  • Instructor: Kimberly Dunn
  • Cost: $250

This session emphasizes fun experimentation that allows for growth in design thinking, and using strong foundations of science to improve creations and adjust anticipated outcomes. Sound scientific methods and principles of physics, Newton’s laws, and aerodynamics are the focus. Students will review best approaches for documenting experiments and learn the right way to write a lab report. The week will culminate in a hot air balloon launchwith balloons that are student-designed and tested ... and ready to show off for an audience.

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“I Can Do This, Mom” Organizational and Study Basics for Grades 4 and 5

  • 9:00–11:00 a.m.
  • Grades: 4–5
  • Instructor: Kimberly Dunn
  • Cost: $225

Students in third and fourth grade, who are new to changing classes and carrying materials from classroom to classroom, could easily become overwhelmed. Third and fourth grades are when reading for information becomes key and students are expected to begin studying broader information, rather than just provided lists. This class is designed to help students get ahead and stay ahead of deadlines and due dates. Cost includes all materials and organizational supplies.

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Tae Kwon Do Fun Camp

  • 1:00–4:00 p.m.
  • Grades: K–5
  • Instructors: Master Bruce Alamdari and his coaches from Olympia Tae Kwon Do
  • Cost: $195

Master Bruce’s school year Tae Kwon Do classes are favorites each semester, with a generation of students having learned the art from him, as well as lessons on discipline, perseverance, and respect in a fun environment. These sessions of summer camp are designed to both introduce the art to new students and continue to develop returning students, with skills taught the first half of the morning in a cyclical fashion. The second part of the morning is devoted to games and activities that will continue to develop large-motor skills, listening skills, cooperation, and self-discipline. There will be fun games and crafts, as well as a special snack on Friday of each week. No uniforms are required for the TKD camps.

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Chess Camp With USA Chess

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. / 1:00–4:00 p.m. / 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
  • Grades: K–8
  • Instructors: USA Chess
  • Cost: $275 for half-day session (morning or afternoon); $445 for full-day session; $485 for full-day chess/video game creation combo

USA Chess is the largest and leading chess camp organization for children in the United States, with some of the finest chess instructors in the country. Campers will experience chess instruction and play in a fun environment designed to improve their skills, whether for casual or competitive play. Tuition includes a chess set to take home, a trophy, and all snacks.

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Kodu Video Game CreationAdventure Style

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. / 1:00–4:00 p.m.
  • Grades: 4–10
  • Instructors: Active Learning coaches
  • Cost: $315 for half-day session (morning or afternoon); $510 for full-day session; $485 for full-day video game creation/chess combo

Campers have the option of learning to program with a Microsoft Xbox controller, or without. Those choosing to use the controller will need to provide their own. Students will create their own custom world and learn to navigate within it, creating tasks that must be completed before progressing to the next level. Tasks might include escaping a maze, outwitting rivals, creating decoys, or collecting items.

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Video Game CreationModding, Networking, and Hosting with Minecraft

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. / 1:00–4:00 p.m.
  • Grades: 4–10
  • Instructors: Active Learning coaches
  • Cost: $315 for half-day session (morning or afternoon); $510 for full-day session; $485 for full-day video game creation/chess combo

Minecraft is hugely popular because it is collaborative, open-ended, and moddable. Our program promotes those qualities for a week of fun!. The week begins with learning the game, controls, and recipes, plus a bit about hosting and networking. Next, campers connect to different worlds hosted on a secure server and experiment with character skins, mods, and custom maps. By day three, the students are building in the Active Learning world that grows over time. Whether adding a room, building a moat, or even creating a chessboard, the possibilities are nearly limitless. As with all our game creations, this camp encourages creativity, storytelling, programming, and problem-solving.

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Video Game CreationPlatform Style (Like Sonic or Mario)

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. / 1:00–4:00 p.m.
  • Grades: 3–10
  • Instructors: Active Learning coaches
  • Cost: $315 for half-day session (morning or afternoon); $510 for full-day session; $485 for full-day video game creation/chess combo

In this camp, children build a game described as a “platform” game, like found in Sonic the Hedgehog or Mario Bros. games. Children have a blast as their characters overcome obstacles and opponents and then conquer the Big Boss (of their creation). The character progresses on a long path or journey with the background scrolling behind. Adversaries, prizes, and obstacles are encountered along the way. Lessons on basics will be similar to Arcade style, but then the world building diverges and different techniques are taught.

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Wolf Ninja Warriors

  • 1:00–4:00 p.m.
  • Grades: 3–6
  • Instructors: Jeremy Cain and Spencer Duran
  • Cost: $275 (includes field-trip fees)

Children have been fascinated with the televised airing of American Ninja Warrior and the endeavors of the athletes competing. This style of movement takes conditioning, agility, balance, and a strong sense of confidence. In this fun campwhich is back by popular demand for a third yearstudents will work on gaining skills in balance, movement, coordination, cooperation, and strength through a week of fun challenges and exercises. Students will take field trips to nearby parks and rock-climbing facilities to challenge bodies and practice problem-solving.

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July 30-August 3, 2018

Engineering ChallengeBreaking Bridges

  • 1:00–4:00 p.m.
  • Grades: 4–5
  • Instructor: Amanda Heidemann
  • Cost: $150

In order to break something, you first have to build it up. Students in this session will divide into teams and choose their jobs. An architect will design their bridge, based on group input, and another teammate will build the bridge, while yet another keeps track of their company’s finances. Working with common materials, students will study designs of bridges, practice building with blocks and other materials to experiment with construction basics, and then try to outdo one another with their creations. The week will culminate in a competition between teamswho can build the bridge that holds the most weight without breaking? Each team will try to outlast the others. Parents are welcome to come and observe the competition, and we will have a small company celebration immediately following.

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Gymnastics for Lower School

  • 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
  • Grades: K–4
  • Instructors: Robbie Hirst and The Tumbling Company of Houston
  • Cost: $225

This camp session includes a variety of tumbling activitiesvault, beam, bar basics, and floor tumbling. Students will work through basic skills up to and including a back-handspring progression. Additionally, campers will engage in games and fun motor activities!

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Jump Into Kindergarten

  • Instructors: St. Francis Lower School faculty
  • Cost: $275/session

Week 1: “All About Me”
July 23–27
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Week 2: “Interesting Insects”
July 30–August 3
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

During these weeks, children entering St. Francis's kindergarten program will get to know some of the faces and places they will see during the school year. They will practice listening, fine-motor skills, math, writing, and group cooperation to prepare them for the coming year. Using a weekly theme as a focus, students will engage in group learning activities, individual explorations, art, and Spanish. Learning will occur in both large- and small-group settings. A snack is provided daily.

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Jump Into First Grade

  • Instructors: St. Francis Lower School faculty
  • Cost: $275/session

Week 1: “Creature Feature”
July 23–27
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Week 2: “Under the Sea”
July 30–August 3
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

These sessions are for students entering the first grade in fall 2018 as new or returning students, who need to solidify skills before beginning the academic year or who need time to return to a school routine. Students will develop successful listening and writing skills, practice reading strategies, and work on group-learning dynamics, math concepts, and cooperation within large and small groups. Through weekly themes, students will engage in art, Spanish, centers, and individual explorations. A snack is provided daily.

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Jump Into Second Grade

  • Instructors: St. Francis Lower School faculty
  • Cost: $275/session

Week 1: “Earth Exploration”
July 23–27
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Week 2: “Beyond Our Walls”
July 30–August 3
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

New or returning second graders can attend one or both of these weeks to help them prepare for a successful start to the 201819 school year. Using a weekly theme as a starting point, students will work on mental math, problem-solving, writing mechanics, reading fluency and comprehension, group-learning dynamics, and listening skills. Additional daily activities will include art, Spanish, centers, and individual explorations. A snack is provided daily.

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Jump Into Third Grade

  • Instructors: St. Francis Lower School faculty
  • Cost: $275/session

Week 1: Language Arts Focus
July 23–27
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

During the first week of Jump Into Third Grade, students will focus on writing mechanics, reading comprehension strategies, and expression of ideas in both verbal and written form. They will also practice clearly communicating stories, ideas, and questions. Other activities will include storytelling, cooking, art projects, and exercises at the SMART Board. A snack is provided daily.

Week 2: Math and Science Focus
July 30–August 3
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

During the second week of Jump Into Third Grade, students will work on cementing skills in operations, number stories, math facts, arrays, and groups. They will tackle strategies for problem-solving, the scientific method, and documenting observations, all using our Bridges math program as a foundation. Other activities may include group missions, games to enhance problem-solving strategies, and special projects. A snack is provided daily.

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Jump Into Fourth Grade

  • Instructors: St. Francis Lower School faculty
  • Cost: $275/session

Week 1: Language Arts Focus
July 23–27
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

During the first week of Jump Into Fourth Grade, students will focus on strengthening their writing mechanics, reading comprehension, and expression of ideas in both written and verbal form. Students will develop vocabulary, spelling strategies, and reading responses, as well as practice communication through story structure. Other activities may include storytelling, creative writing, and special literature-inspired activities such as cooking or art. A snack is provided daily.

Week 2: Math and Science Focus
July 30–August 3
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

During the second week of Jump Into Fourth Grade, children will work to solidify skills in operations, math facts, problem-solving, measurement, the scientific method, and documenting observations, all using our Bridges math program as a foundation. Activities will include hands-on experiments, games to enhance problem-solving strategies, using measurements to cook, and special projects. A snack is provided daily.

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Jump Into Middle School Math: All About Integers

  • 9:00–10:30 a.m.
  • Grades: 6–7
  • Instructors: St. Francis Middle School faculty
  • Cost: $175

This course helps students understand integers versus non-integers and how integers can and cannot be used. This knowledge is key to helping students grasp pre-algebraic concepts and understand how to solve simple equations.

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Jump Into Middle School Math: Combining Like Terms and Integer Operations

  • 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Grades: 7–8
  • Instructors: St. Francis Middle School faculty
  • Cost: $175

Students in this session will practice combining like termsin the process, becoming more comfortable with variables and exponents and how simple expressions can be simplified and combined. Understanding that 2x is not the same as X2 lays the foundation for recognizing expressions and how operations can be applied to them. Through individual and group activities, students will gain a stronger understanding of these underlying conceptsand a leg up in algebra classes.

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Jump Into Middle School Math: Number Sense

  • 9:00–10:30 a.m.
  • Grades: 5–7
  • Instructors: St. Francis Middle School faculty
  • Cost: $175

Before students can effectively manipulate numbers and solve equations, they need to have a basic understanding of how numbers work and how functions really affect them. In this class, students will seek a deeper understanding of doubling, halving, estimating, and grouping. They will also learn to determine whether, after solving a problem, their answer makes sense. Applying number sense to future mathematical learning will be the key to deeper understanding.

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Jump Into Middle School Foreign Language: Spanish

  • 9:00–10:30 a.m.
  • Grades: 5–7
  • Instructors: St. Francis Middle School faculty
  • Cost: $175

Whether students are new to Spanish or building on previous learning, this course will help them gain practice in written and oral use of the language through hands-on activities, pencil-and-paper exercises, role play, cooking projects, and mucho conversation.

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Jump Into Middle School Technology: Keyboarding

  • 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Grades: 5–9
  • Instructors: St. Francis Middle School faculty
  • Cost: $175

Keyboards and computers are a part of our everyday life. More efficient keyboarding and touch typingplus understanding of basic word processing and presentation softwareare essential tools for students in middle and upper school. Students in these sessions will develop basic strategies for touch typing and improvement of speed and accuracy. They will review document creation and editing, and specific tools and applications used in the upper grades at St. Francis.

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Jump Into Middle School Writing: Writing for Grades 56

  • 9:00–10:30 a.m.
  • Grades: 5–6
  • Instructors: St. Francis Middle School faculty
  • Cost: $175

Students entering grades 5 and 6 will review processes from the Lower School curriculum for brainstorming, outlining, writing, editing, and producing final drafts. Focus is on writing essays. Grammar and punctuation will be reviewed as needed.

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Jump Into Middle School Writing: Writing for Grades 78

  • 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Grades: 7–8
  • Instructors: St. Francis Middle School faculty
  • Cost: $175

Students entering seventh and eighth grades will review the format for five-paragraph essays and focus on writing for information and to support a main idea. Emphasis is on use and placement of the thesis statement, using citations, and documenting sources correctly. Research processes will be reviewed. Grammar and punctuation are addressed as needed.

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Jump Into Primary School

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Grades: Primary I and Primary II
  • Instructors: St. Francis Primary School faculty
  • Cost: $275

It’s time to Jump Into Primary School for the 201819 school year! This program is perfect for new students, returning students moving to a new grade, or those who want to reacquaint themselves with school routines after a busy summer. Children will spend time getting to know some of the Primary School faculty, orienting themselves to classroom environments and buildings they will use in the fall, and working on basics such as fine-motor, listening, and social skills. Students will engage in story time, class discussions, Spanish, small- and large-group cooperation, games, art, cooking, outdoor recreation, and centers play. All groups are led by St. Francis Primary School Faculty. A snack is provided daily.

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Mini-Stars All Sports

  • 1:00–3:00 p.m.
  • Grades: Primary I and Primary II
  • Instructors: Mini-Stars youth sports coaches
  • Cost: $195

Campers in these sessions are encouraged to explore large-motor development through various sports and challenges. Students will engage in play with a variety of ball and cooperative games, such as soccer, kickball, T-ball, and more. Traditional large-motor games will be played, and students will be encouraged to become more aware of their own body movements and spatial environment. Listening and cooperative skills will be emphasized in a fun environment.

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Painting: The World of Picasso

  • 1:00–4:00 p.m.
  • Grades: 3–8
  • Instructor: Viruchy Delgado-Giambi
  • Cost: $350

This camp, based around the lines and styles of Pablo Picasso, is designed for older students who are ready to work with more complex concepts of line, shading, color, and composition. Students will prepare their canvases, sketch, and complete a canvas during the course of the week, based on what they have learned of Picasso’s style and line study.

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“I Got This, Mom” Organizational and Study Skills for Grades 57

  • 9:00–11:00 a.m.
  • Grades: 5–7
  • Instructor: Kimberly Dunn
  • Cost: $225

Students in Middle School face additional challenges, with six different teachers, sports, lockers, block schedules, and more. Understanding what organizational skills suit their individual learning styles will help students stay on top of assignments and tasks. Approaching the teen years, these students want autonomy, but still need some adult supportand need to know when and how to ask. Through self-evaluation, Shark Tankstyle presentations, and organizational Design Challenges, students will gain confidence and strategies for managing time and materials.

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Spy Science

  • 1:00–2:30 p.m.
  • Grades: K–4
  • Instructor: Kara Cooney-Galli
  • Cost: $255 (special combination price when selected with Whizz! Bang! Splat!—combo price $420)

Experiment with the science behind everything SPY! Students will learn about spy science in a clever mix of chemistry, physics, and biology. Their activities will include making footprint molds and matching the tread, dusting for fingerprints, and writing in invisible ink. They'll build spy periscopes and intruder alarms, mix their own invisible ink, create and crack secret codes, and combine plenty of lab experiments with a bit of detective discovery. This is a perfect fit for super spies and scientists alike!

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Volleyball Skills Camp—July
Please note that this camp runs Monday, July 30, through Thursday, August 2.
South Campus (Crum Athletics Center)

  • Session I: Grades 2–5 / “Wolf Tails” / 8:00–10:00 a.m.
  • Session II: Grades 5–8 / “Junior Elite” / 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
  • Session III: Grades 8–12 / “Senior Elite” / 1:00–3:30 p.m.
  • Instructor: Coach Cydryce McMillian, St. Francis Upper School head volleyball coach
  • Cost: $170 per session (volleyball T-shirt and volleyball included in camp)

Join the St. Francis Upper School head volleyball coach in a fun-filled youth volleyball skills camp. Students will practice a variety of fundamental skills, such as passing, serving, setting, and hitting, as well as teamwork and strategy. Our week is filled with fun music, progression drills, and inter-squad scrimmages. Students are grouped by age and experience.

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Whizz! Bang! Splat!

  • 2:30–4:00 p.m.
  • Grades: 1–4
  • Instructor: Kara Cooney-Galli
  • Cost: $215 (Special combination price when selected with Spy Science—combo price is $420)

Design and construct a catapult, create and assemble a wind-powered vehicle, and build and launch rockets! Explore electricity, find out about flight, and build some cool contraptions. This camp is all about experimentation and the discovery of how things work and why sometimes they don’t. If your child likes machines, gadgets, and gizmos, this is the camp for them! All creations and projects go home on Friday.

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August 6-10, 2018

Board Game Bonanza

  • 1:00–4:00 p.m.
  • Grades: K–8 (Groups will be created based on ages enrolled for equal-skill-level play)
  • Instructors: St. Francis faculty
  • Cost: $100

Long a staple of family fun and friends’ gatherings, board games have continued to grow and evolve over the years. Still, they all have a few things in common: Players must agree on set rules and consistently follow them; there is a definite beginning and end; and there is almost always a winner and several who do not win. Strategy, luck, and persistence may determine the outcome, and the outcome may change from game to game. Students learn perseverance, cooperation, communication, and follow-through while playing board games. Reading, math, and spatial skills are enhanced through experiential play. Groups will be created based on enrollment to keep students with similar ages and skill levels together.

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Cooking by the Numbers

  • 1:00–4:00 p.m.
  • Grades: 3–5
  • Instructors: Maria Cruzalegui-Reardon and Amanda Heidemann
  • Cost:$225

Students in grades 3–5 will work in the kitchen to explore math concepts such as measurement, fractions, ratios, proportions, problem-solving, and inferring information as they prepare delicious treats to eat and share with family and friends. Concrete, hands-on activities reinforce more abstract concepts and make them more relatable to the students' everyday worlds.

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Dodgeball Challenge

  • 1:00–4:00 p.m.
  • Grades: 1–5
  • Instructors: Master Bruce Alamdari and Olympia Tae Kwon Do staff
  • Cost: $180

Playing dodgeball fosters agility, quick thinking, and explosive movementall skills that benefit students in the practice of Tae Kwon Do. Using plyometric warm-up exercises, fun drills, full-body movements, ball-handling skills, and thoughtful strategy, campers will follow Master Bruce through a variety of dodgeball challenges. Along the way, they’ll develop teamwork skills as they plan, agree upon rules, choose teams, and compete in “King of the Gym” tournaments.

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Foundations of Algebra

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Grades: 8–9
  • Instructors: St. Francis faculty
  • Cost: $275

Before moving forward into higher math, students need to have strong foundational skills in algebraic thinking and operations. These sessions are designed to review the basic principles of algebra as well as to address the areas that most often need extra practice. Students will work with equations and graphing, review operations of integers, explore exponents, and more within a small-group setting.

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Full STEAM Ahead

  • 1:00–2:30 p.m.
  • Grade: Primary II
  • Instructor: Kara Cooney-Galli
  • Cost: $200

All aboard for a new adventure in science, technology, and creativity. Make works of art, gadgets, and gizmos from things we would normally throw away. Be the conductor as you connect art, engineering, and maker skills to problem-solve and create. Nothing can derail our travel into STEAM! All creations and projects go home on Friday!

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Jump Into Primary School

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Grades: Primary I and Primary II
  • Instructors: St. Francis Primary School faculty
  • Cost: $275

It’s time to Jump Into Primary School for the 201819 school year! This program is perfect for new students, returning students moving to a new grade, or those who want to reacquaint themselves with school routines after a busy summer. Children will spend time getting to know some of the Primary School faculty, orienting themselves to classroom environments and buildings they will use in the fall, and working on basics such as fine-motor, listening, and social skills. Students will engage in story time, class discussions, Spanish, small- and large-group cooperation, games, art, cooking, outdoor recreation, and centers play. All groups are led by St. Francis Primary School Faculty. A snack is provided daily.

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Jump Into Middle School Foreign Language: Spanish I Review

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Grades: 8–9
  • Instructors: St. Francis Middle School faculty
  • Cost: $275

This course will review basic Spanish grammar, conjugations, and vocabulary, as are taught in our St. Francis Middle School classrooms. Students will have practice through conversations, games, and music. This session is for those who have previously taken Spanish, but would like more practice before moving on to a higher-level class, or for those who have missed a year of Spanish and need review before moving forward.

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Jump Into Middle School Writing: Creative Writing

  • 9:00–11:00 a.m.
  • Grades: 5–7
  • Instructor: Connor Cook
  • Cost: $175

This course is designed for students who are comfortable with basic writing mechanics and want to move in a different direction in their writing. Creative writing covers personal narratives, short stories, fiction, and poetry. Students can apply these skills to school projects, personal writing, blogs, and even scriptwriting. During this fun course, students will work from prompts in a relaxed atmosphere, brainstorming ideas and reading from examples of good literary writing. The only materials needed are a strong imagination and active voices.

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Mad Science LabThe Insect Science Fair

  • 1:00–4:00 p.m.
  • Grades: 3–6
  • Instructor: Kimberly Dunn
  • Cost: $250

This camp session will focus on using the scientific method and design-thinking skills to reconsider insects. Campers will design experiments to perform with crickets, earthworms, maggots, or another approved subject (all experiments must be teacher-approved with regard to treatment of insects). Students will gain a better understanding of body structures, habitats, and how the insects impact their environment. Students will use observations to design ideal habitats and experiment to demonstrate something they can prove about their subjects. Then, using what they have learned, campers will design a fantasy insect, create a habitat, and determine how this insect would impact its environment. This will culminate in a presentation for parents and friends showcasing designs and learning.

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Math Fact Review

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Grades: 2–5
  • Instructors: St. Francis faculty
  • Cost: $175

To solidify student understanding and application of basic math facts, this session utilizes games, challenges, competitions, and personal goals. Students will be in separate groupsdetermined both by grade level and skills needsfor practice and fun group challenges.

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Mis Amigos (Session II)

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. / 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
  • Grades: Primary I and Primary II
  • Instructors: Senora Claudia Schoelman and St. Francis faculty
  • Cost: $240 for half-day sessions; $375 for full-day sessions

Join our beloved Primary School Spanish teacher on an international adventure. In this session, students will be immersed in Spanish language and culture through literature, music, movement, and art. As they cook traditional Latin recipes, campers will practice following directions in Spanish. Repetition through story, song, and rhyme will reinforce school-year learning and engage Spanish beginners as well as those who are already comfortable with the language. Each day will be an adventure!

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“Just Watch MeOrganization, Study Approaches, and Self-Advocacy for Upper School

  • 9:00–11:00 a.m.
  • Grades: 8–9
  • Instructor: Kimberly Dunn
  • Cost: $225

As students approach the high school years, they may already know what study strategies work for them, but still have trouble fitting it all in and managing an ever-changing calendar of school, sports, and social activities. It’s normal to stumble now and then, but knowing how to get back on track and what questions to ask are keys to success. Students approaching upper grades are more self-sufficient, but still moving toward autonomy and self-advocacy. These students need strategies not only for completing tasks and preparing for exams, but also for having those tough conversations with teachers and classmates. In this course, we will address how to gracefully address concerns about grades with a teacher, how to write an e-mail to an adult that expresses concerns and questions while still respecting their position as an educator, and how to ask for support without letting someone else take over.

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Painting: The World of Monet

  • 1:00–4:00 p.m.
  • Grades: K–4
  • Instructor: Viruchy Delgado-Giambi
  • Cost: $350

In this camp, Viruchy Delgado-Giambi will introduce students to the painting techniques of Impressionist master Claude Monet. Essential concepts such as color recognition, paint application, and brushstroke technique will also be addressed. The week’s schedule will focus on students successfully completing their projects, from preparing the canvas to sketching to eventually putting the final touches on paintings.

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Rev Up for Reading

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Grades: K–2
  • Instructors: St. Francis faculty
  • Cost: $175

This fun camp of literacy-based activities is designed to get students back into the routine of reading and making connections between literature and the real world. Students will develop ideas from books through hands-on crafts, cooking, games, and dramatizations.

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SFES Technology 101

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Grades: 8–9
  • Instructors: St. Francis faculty
  • Cost: $275

Through fun projects and explorations, become familiar with the technology that is used in our classrooms and by students to complete projects and assignments. Students will meet in our design lab, work with Google Docs and other shared files, create designs and print them on our 3-D printers, and much more. As members of a collaborative and technology-based community, our students work with comfort and ease through online group projects, designing in a virtual realm and communicating in multiple ways.

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Spanish I Review

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Grades: 8–9
  • Instructors: St. Francis faculty
  • Cost: $275

For students entering grades 8 and 9, this course will review material covered at St. Francis in sixth and seventh grades. Students who have had limited Spanish education or have been away from the language for a period of time will have a chance to solidify some basic skills before diving into high school Spanish. They will be given materials to continue study at home, and helped to identify areas needing extra practice as the new school year starts.

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Tae Kwon Do Fun Camp

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Grades: Primary I and Primary II
  • Instructors: Master Bruce Alamdari and his coaches from Olympia Tae Kwon Do
  • Cost: $195

Master Bruce’s school-year Tae Kwon Do classes are favorites each semester, with a generation of students having learned the art from him, as well as lessons on discipline, perseverance, and respect in a fun environment. These sessions of summer camp are designed to both introduce the art to new students and continue to develop returning students, with skills taught the first half of the morning in a cyclical fashion. The second part of the morning is devoted to games and activities that will continue to develop large motor skills, listening skills, cooperation, and self-discipline. There will be fun games and crafts, as well as a special snack on Friday. No uniforms are required for the TKD camps.

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Chess Camp With USA Chess

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. / 1:00–4:00 p.m. / 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
  • Grades: K–8
  • Instructors: USA Chess
  • Cost: $275 for half-day session (morning or afternoon); $445 for full-day session; $485 for full-day chess/video game creation combo

USA Chess is the largest and leading chess camp organization for children in the United States, with some of the finest chess instructors in the country. Campers will experience chess instruction and play in a fun environment designed to improve their skills, whether for casual or competitive play. Tuition includes a chess set to take home, a trophy, and all snacks.

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Video Game Creation—Arcade Style (Similar to PAC-MAN and Asteroids)
Introductory to Intermediate

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. / 1:00–4:00 p.m.
  • Grades: 4–10
  • Instructors: Active Learning coaches
  • Cost: $315 for half-day session (morning or afternoon); $510 for full-day session; $485 for full-day video game creation/chess combo

The Arcade course is a program where the game that is created has action for each level all on one screen, similar to Centipede, Asteroids, or PAC-MAN. The children create a main character, which can be anything their imagination can conceive. Other charactersor enemiespursue the main character, who dodges their attacks. The characters score points for picking up objects and destroying other objects. Options are endless and children create level after level of fun. As with all game-creation options, this camp encourages creativity, storytelling, programming, and problem-solving.

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Video Game CreationGo Kart Style (Like Mario Kart)

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. / 1:00–4:00 p.m.
  • Grades: 4–10
  • Instructors: Active Learning coaches
  • Cost: $315 for half-day session (morning or afternoon); $510 for full-day session; $485 for full-day video game creation/chess combo

Children will create something similar to a Mario Kartstyle game. Campers begin by designing their own world. Worlds can have mountains, valleys, lakes, etc., or they can be a design unlike anything seen before. Characters are placed within this world and programmed to move, interact with other characters, and even talk using scripts written by the campers. Characters can be programmed to pick up objects, engage with opponents, and overcome villains. Children use creativity to build a world full of race-based tasks. Whether they are collecting diamonds before the clock runs out, navigating through a challenging obstacle course, or racing against a friend, it’s all good fun!

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Video Game CreationModding, Networking, and Hosting With Minecraft

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. / 1:00–4:00 p.m.
  • Grades: 4–10
  • Instructors: Active Learning coaches
  • Cost: $315 for half-day session (morning or afternoon); $510 for full-day session; $485 for full-day video game creation/chess combo

Minecraft is hugely popular because it is collaborative, open-ended, and moddable. Our program promotes those qualities for a week of fun!. The week begins with learning the game, controls, and recipes, plus a bit about hosting and networking. Next, campers connect to different worlds hosted on a secure server and experiment with character skins, mods, and custom maps. By day three, the students are building in the Active Learning world that grows over time. Whether adding a room, building a moat, or even creating a chessboard, the possibilities are nearly limitless. As with all our game creations, this camp encourages creativity, storytelling, programming, and problem-solving.

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Volleyball 3-on-3 Summer Smash Tournament
Wednesday, August 8

  • Session I: Grades 5–8 / 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Session II: Grades 8*–12 / 12:00–3:00 p.m. (*advanced eighth graders)
  • Instructor: Coach Cydryce McMillian, St. Francis Upper School head volleyball coach
  • Cost: $99 per team (must register as a team of three)

Join us for three hours of fun three-on-three tournament play! Make your own team and grab two of your fellow volleyball players. Our Summer Smash Tournament will offer some friendly competition and prizes as we gear up for the fall volleyball season. Parents and friends are invited to come and watch the fun. A one-day event with pool play & playoffs! No more than three members on a team. Only one member needs to register to create a team in the online registration.

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More Information

Registration

Children should be registered based on the grade they are entering in the 2018-2019 school year. Please complete a separate registration for each student. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. All pending registrations will be reviewed by the St. Francis Business Office, and will only be considered complete when payment is received by credit card or e-check and all the family’s student accounts at St. Francis are current. Registration for students with outstanding account balances will be considered pending. All courses must meet minimum enrollment figures, and St. Francis reserves the right to cancel programs that are underenrolled.

Registration for all Dan L. Duncan Reading camps must be received by May 18, 2018. Classes fill quickly, so we encourage you to register early.

Confirmation

When you register successfully, you will receive an automatic e-mail reply. Your registration is not complete until you receive this e-mail. This automatic reply contains no camp details, but is an acknowledgement that we have received your registration. Follow-up e-mails with camp-specific information are sent approximately seven days prior to the start of individual camp sessions.

Refund Policy

Tuition will only be refunded through a written request submitted to Margaret Newsom, director of Explore and Extend. A 10 percent cancellation fee will be retained for all cancellations or changes. After June 1, 2018, for June courses and July 13, 2018, for July courses, no refund of fees will be made to any student who withdraws or is dismissed from a course or section. St. Francis reserves the right to dismiss any child who does not comply with the expectations of the program. Fees will be refunded in full if St. Francis cancels a course offering.

Nondiscrimination Policy

St. Francis Episcopal School admits qualified students of any race, color, nationality, or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, nationality, or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarships, or athletics or other school-administered programs. St. Francis is an equal opportunity employer.

Extended Care

Extended care, both before and after camps, is available beginning at 7:30 a.m. and ending at 5:30 p.m. during the weeks that summer programs are offered. To register, please contact the Explore and Extend Office at 713.458.6467 or e-mail Margaret Newsom, director of Explore and Extend. The fee for after-camp care is $40 per day, or $150 per week. There is no charge for early-bird drop-off before camps.



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Explore and Extend Director | Margaret Newsom

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Director of Explore & Extend
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Explore and Extend Assistant Director | Emily Boyle

Emily Boyle
Assistant Director of Explore & Extend
713.458.6475
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